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Anyone using the Mirena IUD have a low sex drive?

By April 24, 2009 - 1:10pm
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Low Libido

Mine is almost non existant! :o(

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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

Okay. My husband has promised to get a vasectomy so I no longer need an IUD. In my case the Mirena IUD. From what I have read, I should be back to 'normal' within days. How much time needs to pass for all of the levonorgestrel hormone leaves my system? I want to understand this aspect please.

January 13, 2011 - 9:56am
(reply to Anonymous)

Once you stop taking/using hormonal birth control, the synthetic hormones are no longer being replenished into your system.

Your menstrual cycles may take a cycle, or two, before returning to a regularly predictable schedule.

January 13, 2011 - 12:18pm
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Hi, I too have been feeling the same and it's causing major problems in my relationship. I love my bf but i cant stand for him to touch me. I dont enjoy sex what so ever and i have extremely bad mood swings. I havent had a period since after my daughter was born and the mirena was placed...that was 3 years ago. I also have gain a significant amount of wieght and experience exhaustion and my breast tend to hurt. After reading this I am seriously considering getting mine removed.

December 28, 2010 - 11:52pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,
From reading your post, I personally think it definitely would be a good idea to consult with your doctor, and possibly get checked out to see what could be causing your lack of interest in sex, mood swings, weight gain, and breast tenderness. Your doctor may want to rule some things out in addition to determining if mirena is the correct choice for you. It's always a good idea to advocate for your health with your doctor. Ask the questions, and don't settle if you are unsatisfied. Let us know what you find out and how you are doing.
Thanks for your comment.

December 29, 2010 - 8:46am
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My gf has the mirena, her sex drive is now virtually non existant. I love her very much but couldn't figure out what's caused her to never want me. I'm athletic and good looking, other girls still want me, but I only want her. We still have sex, occasionally. Though its because I ask her if shes not attracted to me and why we don't have sex. Within a day she'll have sex with me but its apparent that it's because she feels bad, there's zero desire on her part. Yay, I had sex, I got off, but it's not fun. I intentionally get off as quick as possible now cause I feel bad.
I love her but it got to where I thought something was wrong and questioned proposing to her. Something made me search mirena, wow found the problem. Talked to her about it, and our current problems (only remote problem is intimacy, even kissing now!) She was very upset, mostly because it was effecting me so much that I researched it. She began crying and insisted on having it removed. Even though the reason she had it placed was severe cramping/menses. I feel horrible. I don't want to put her through this, but I love her and intimacy is a vital part of any relationship. I also don't want her to go through this horrid crash and I don't know when her sex drive will even return.

December 26, 2010 - 11:44pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,
I'm sorry for your concern. Is your girlfriend having her Mirena removed? It's not for everyone. Her doctor may be able to help her find a different type of birth control that won't cause such a detriment to your sex life (and hers!). You're a good boyfriend to advocate for her health, and to raise concern when you saw a problem in your relationship. Men can learn from you in that regard. Good luck to both of you. Let us know how you are doing.

December 27, 2010 - 7:19am

With hormonal contraception, it is not uncommon to skip a period or to have extremely light periods. But the tissue that is sloughed off has to come out some time, so that is why you may experience what is considered "breakthrough bleeding". If it bothers you, you can try a different type of birth control. I personally liked the super-light periods where I only needed a panty liner to control it. But as stated, everyone is different. Glad Anonymous is experiencing some relief since having her mirena removed. Hope you are able to find a different birth control method that's right for you. If you need help with more resources, let us know.

December 20, 2010 - 10:00am
(reply to Christine Jeffries)

I never had "light periods" while having the Mirena.. and I always had breakthrough bleeding which meant I always was wearing panty-liners and forever "doing the checks"... That too interfered with sex, how can you be intimate if you are bleeding or start bleeding during/after intercourse???
Things are SO much better since I lost the Mirena.. I wish it worked for me as it was supposed to. I am back to heavy periods, but I am also BACK TO MYSELF!!

December 20, 2010 - 5:55pm
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Remember that the vast majority of people who see this site are women who have a problem. The women who think that their Mirena is the best thing since sliced bread are unlikely to be searching and find this site.

Like with any hormonal contraceptive (or any other medication), there will be people who it works well for and people who have problems with it. With a long-term hormonal contraceptive it is probably important to try a short-term pill in the same hormone-family to see if that works for you, if it doesn't, don't touch the implant/IUD/injection.

December 18, 2010 - 9:13pm

My libido disappeared as soon as I had the Mirena inserted (to mitigate very heavy periods - some lasting weeks!). I asked the doctor who inserted it - she specializes in women's health - and she had no information that the IUD would in any way be associated with it but all these comments make me think there must be a correlation - especially given the swift and complete change in libido with the Mirena being the only new factor. However, I was entering menopause and thought that might be the problem. I ended up on major hormone replacement - which hasn't helped my libido at all. Had the Mirena removed after menopause but only a very slight improvement in libido. I may be 50 but I feel too young to say farewell to a sex life! I never had this problem when I was on the Pill so to the young women out there who need contraception, I would suggest asking your doctor about the Pill. They have very low dosage contraceptives now. To anyone taking this just not to have the inconvenience of otherwise normal periods - give your heads a shake! To married women, consider discussing with your husband the option of a vasectomy. My husband found it a safe and painless procedure. I'm still searching for answers so would love to hear from women my age who are in or have been in the same predicament. I keep hearing "use it or lose it!" so perhaps a vibrator is the next step!

December 14, 2010 - 11:19am
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